16 Attorneys Named 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

November 05, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Sixteen attorneys from Phelps Dunbar’s offices in Mississippi and Alabama were named 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. The listing recognizes top attorneys in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Super Lawyers is a ranking of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who are recognized highly by their peers for their professional achievement. To qualify as a Super Lawyer, the attorney must go through a multifaceted selection process including independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Thirteen attorneys from Phelps were recognized as 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyers:


Kyle S. Moran, Insurance Coverage


Reuben V. Anderson, Business Litigation

Fred L. Banks Jr., Business Litigation

Ross F. Bass Jr., Business Litigation

Gary E. Friedman, Employment & Labor

Bridgforth R. Rutledge, Business Litigation

James W. Shelson, Business Litigation

W. Thomas Siler Jr., Employment & Labor


Thomas F. Garth, Tax

Allen E. "Teeto" Graham, Transportation/Maritime

Joseph J. "Jay" Minus Jr., Employment & Labor

William E. Shreve Jr., Appellate

Cooper C. Thurber, General Litigation

Three attorneys were recognized as 2019 Mid-South Rising Stars, up-and-comers under the age of 40:


Christine Bocek Whitman, Personal Injury General: Defense


Nicholas F. Morisani, Employment Litigation: Defense


E. Barrett Hails, Transportation/Maritime

To qualify for the 2019 Mid-South Rising Stars honor, attorneys must go through the same multifaceted selection process as Super Lawyers. In addition, they are 40 years old or younger and have practiced law less than 10 years.